Just sparkle like the sequins on your leotard.
The Olympic Games. Atlanta. 1996. Gymnasts Amanda Borden, Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Jaycie Phelps and Kerri Strug have worked their entire young lives to get here. With the whole world watching, can they survive the pressure to win the gold medal and see their faces on a Wheaties box?
July 7-17, 2022
Theatre 1 at Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street, NYC
Produced in association with Steve Kyriakis.
Meet the Cast
*Equity Member appearing with permission of Actors’ Equity Association without benefit of an Equity contract in this Off-Off-Broadway production.
The Magnificent Seven is an Equity Approved Showcase.
Meet the Team
Julia Meinwald (Music) and Gordon Leary (Book & Lyrics) write aggressively empathetic musical theatre. Their work includes The Loneliest Girl in the World (2018 Diversionary Theatre premiere, 2016 NAMT Festival, 2015 Polyphone Festival, 2014 Ars Nova OutLoud Series), Pregnancy Pact (2012 Weston Playhouse premiere, 2011 NAMT Festival, 2011 Yale Institute, 2011 Weston Playhouse New Musical Award), REB+VoDKa+ME (2017 NYU Tisch New Musical Theatre Workshop, 2017 Yale Institute, 2016 Civilians' FINDINGS Series), Something Blue (2019 Page 73, 2019 Chicago Musical Theatre Festival), Disappeared (2009 Lincoln Center Directors Lab), and the short film Galaxy Comics (2014 United Airlines in-flight programming.) They have developed work with the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program, Ars Nova's Uncharted, The Civilians' R&D Group, Fresh Ground Pepper's Playground Playgroup, the Musical Theatre Factory, the 92Y Musical Theatre Development Lab, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and Page 73's Interstate 73. Julia was a participant in the New Dramatists Composer Librettist Development Program, a resident with American Lyric Theatre, and received the 2018 Discovery Grant from OPERA America. Her other musicals include Elevator Heart (2019 THML Theatre Co, 2016 Tisch New Musical Theatre Workshop) and Jack Perry Is Alive and Dating (2011 NYMF Next Link selection.) Gordon's other musicals include Across the River (2013 Seoul Musical Festival, 2009 Daegu International Musical Festival) and Cheer Wars (2015 York Theatre, 2009 Richard Rodgers Award.) Both are 2007 alumni of the NYU/Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. gordonandjulia.com / @gordonandjuliamusicals
Nikki DiLoreto (Director) Theatre and film director based in LA & NYC. Recent credits include SIX: The Musical, the Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate, and David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s new musical Soft Power (Associate Director). She directed the NYC premiere of Bubble Boy, the world premiere of the new play Spiral, and the award winning series The Weekend Detectives and Ghost Girl. Alum of Fresh Ground Pepper’s Playground Playgroup, Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Corps, a participant in the SDCF Observership Program, and a SDC Member. nikkidiloreto.com / @nikdi
Alex Ratner (Music Director) is a musical theatre writer, music director and arranger. Alex graduated from Yale in 2015, where he wrote music and lyrics for three new musicals, including an adaptation of the novel and Warner Brothers film White Oleander (sublicense from Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures). His latest project is Tyrell, a musical parody-prequel to HBO's Game of Thrones, which made its London debut in February as part of MTFestUK at the Turbine Theatre. A concept album of highlights from Tyrell, starring Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole, was released in November, and has since been streamed in close to 20 countries. As a member of the BMI Workshop, Alex won the Jerry Harrington Award, as well as the Jean Banks Award for his 10-minute musical, Salad Days. Recent MD and associate MD credits include The Bobby Darin Story, starring Jonathan Groff (92Y's Lyrics and Lyricists), and the world premiere of Columbus Is Happening by Stew, the Tony-winning writer of Passing Strange (Joe's Pub). Other credits: War Paint (Broadway), Far From Heaven (Williamstown; Playwrights Horizons) and The Flamingo Kid (Hartford Stage). As an arranger, Alex adapted the score of Stephen Schwartz's Children of Eden, Junior for MTI, and wrote vocal arrangements as a member of the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the oldest a cappella singing group in the country. He teaches on behalf of Disney Musicals in Schools, an arts education initiative sponsored by Disney Theatrical Group which jumpstarts theatre programs in underserved elementary schools across the country. www.alexratnermusic.com / @alexratner
Jessica Walker (Choreographer) is a passionate performer, teacher and choreographer. She earned her BFA at Fordham University/The Ailey School and began her career in the Broadway company of Twyla Tharp’s Movin' Out. Jessica’s strong technical foundation and versatile style has enabled her multifaceted career on Broadway, Film and Television, Commercials, National Tours and more. Stage performance highlights include Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour, Radio City’s Christmas and Spring Spectaculars, Carnegie Hall’s West Side Story and The Metropolitan Opera. Favorite film and television credits include Dirty Dancing (Andy Blankenbueler), NBC’s SMASH, CW’s Katy Keene, the Tonys and more. Jessica can also be seen on the production and creative side of the table, most recently as an associate choreographer for Six. Additional select choreography credits include associate choreographer on David O Russell’s upcoming film (2022), co-choreographer with Mary Ann Lamb of Mamma Mia at Connecticut Repertory Theatre directed by Terrence Mann, and choreographer for Migguel Anggelo’s sold out show at Joe’s Pub in NYC. As an educator, Jessica has taught at USC, Loyola Marymount, UNSCA, Western Oregon University, Joffrey Ballet School, Millennium Dance Complex, Steps on Broadway, Equinox, Showstopper National Dance Conventions and more. Jessica is thrilled to join The Magnificent Seven team!
Hannah Sgambellone (Line Producer) is a director and producer. She is currently the Junior Producer with Fault Line Theatre and serves as the stage manager for their Irons in the Fire development program. She is also the artistic director of The Regular Theatre, a non-profit collective that she helped to found in 2017. Recent production and run crew credits include Man Cave (Page 73), Romeo and Bernadette (Theater 555), Hindsight (Fault Line Theatre). Love and gratitude to Kyle.
Meredith Ries (Scenic Design): Marry Me a Little (Weston Playhouse), Cabaret (Hangar Theater), In the Green (Mannes Opera), Heartland (59E59, Geva Theater Company), Where the Mountain Meets the Sea (Humana Festival), Love in Hate Nation (Two River Theater Company), Sweeney Todd (Curtis Opera), Once (Weston Playhouse), A Hard Time (Pig Iron Theater Company), House Plant (NYTW Next Door), Bonnie's Last Flight (NYTW Next Door), Cute Activist (The Bushwick Starr), The Temple Bombing (Alliance Theater Company), Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band (Ma-Yi Theater Company). Associate set Design: SIX The Musical, Hadestown, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, Amelie. MFA: Yale School of Drama, BA: University of Chicago. www.meredithries.com
Jennifer Chi (Costume Design) is a Taiwanese-American designer. She has previously designed for Broadway Bares, Keen Company's Keen Teens program, and Gallery Players theatre (And Away We Go and Ain't Misbehavin'). Outside of design, she was the set costumer for Allswell, an indie film that premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival, and a costume production assistant for Partner Track, an upcoming Netflix show. She is also a first-hand John Kristiansen New York Inc. For more information on Jennifer Chi, check out her website (itsjenniferchi.com) and her Instagram (@generation.chi)!
Shannon Clarke (Lighting Design) is a New York based lighting designer. Her design credits Notes for Now, Oscar Micheaux Suite, Rule of Three, Reignite, MoveMEANT and Ship in a Bottle for Prospect Theatre Company; Broadway Holiday Spectacular for Transendence Theatre Company; The Ballroom, Almost Ritual, and Any/Which/Way for Co•Lab Dance. She recently made her Broadway debut as the associate lighting designer on Chicken & Biscuits.
Elisabeth Weidner (Sound Design) is a freelance Sound Designer and Composer based in California and NYC. In addition to her design and composition work, Elisabeth also serves as Co-Vice Chair for the TSDCA, is a contributing blogger for SoundGirls.org, sits on the jury panel for the USITT Sound Commission’s Current Practices and Research in Sound paper submissions, and is an adjunct professor at California Polytechnic State University. She is a graduate of Florida State University where she holds a degree in Commercial Music. Elisabeth is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. Broadway: Funny Girl (Assistant Sound Designer.) Off-Broadway: Trevor (Assistant Sound Designer.) Resident Sound Designer/Composer: PCPA-Pacific Conservatory Theatre 2009-2019. Regional: Asolo Repertory Theatre, PCPA, First Stage Milwaukee, The Oregon Cabaret, The Ensemble Theatre, Bike City Theatre, SLO Rep, The Great American Melodrama.
Cesar Renero (Technical Director, they/he) is a Brooklyn-based scenic designer and fabricator from Mexico City. Previous builds they have led include One Night and P*SSYC*CK Know Nothing (Target Margin Theatre), Hart Island (Mason Holdings, Gym at Judson), Wide-Awake Jake and How To Eat Like a Child (Tada! Youth Theatre), Annie, Jr. and Rent (Secret Theatre), Yatra – RUNAWAY music video featuring Jonas Bros (2 Wolves Films), and various commercial/pop-up installations (Adidas, Tory Burch, Burberry, et al).
Kelly Soares (Production Stage Manager; she/her) is thrilled to be a part of The Magnificent Seven team! Raised in a small town in Massachusetts, she found her love for theatre at a young age. She first Stage Managed as a favor for a friend and found her passion. Kelly graduated from Western Connecticut State University with her BA in Theatre Arts Management. Favorite credits include: Barefoot in the Park and Beauty and the Beast (Shannon Agnew) Sister Act (Trey Compton) I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Robert Schneider) and Mamma Mia (Terrance Mann) Endless amounts of gratitude to her friends and family who have supported her through many years of productions. Always for M.
Christine Sienicki (Associate Choreographer; she/her) is thrilled to be a part of the Mag7 team!!! Fave credits of film, tv and the stage include: Radio City Rockettes, “Better Nate Than Ever,” “Tick, Tick…Boom,” “The Kitchen,” “Isn’t It Romantic,” “New Year’s Eve,” The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Fosse/Verdon, Mrs America, Jessica Jones, Madam Secretary, SNL, The Late Show at
with Stephen Colbert, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Oprah, Ellen, DWTS, AGT, Project Runway, The Tony Awards, MTV Music Awards, Super Bowl Halftime Show, NBA All Star Game, The Holiday Party at the White House for President Obama. Favorite commercials and ads include Kate Spade, Hendricks Gin, Degree Deodorant, Carioca Cafè. Christine is also an educator and teaches all over the country. Go Team USA!! @CLHEEKZ
Allison Turlo (Assistant Scenic Design; she/her) is a recent graduate from Syracuse University, where she studied Theater Design and Technology with a focus in scenic design. She is thrilled to be making her Off-Broadway debut on this amazing show!
Ellie Handel (Assistant Stage Manager; she/her) is a stage manager, actor, and director with a passion for developing new plays and musicals. She is a graduate of NYU Tisch Drama, where she recently became an adjunct professor and guest director. Select Off-Broadway: Emojiland, Rescue Rue, Confidence and the Speech, Endangered! The Musical, The Scarlet Savior. Select Workshops: Change Partners (NY City Center), The Aviatrix, Little Black Book, Cherry Tortured. Thank you for supporting live theater! For Mom, Dad, & Sophie. See more at www.EllieHandel.com.
Produced in association with Steve Kyriakis, board chair of Broadway Sacramento, which produces Broadway at Music Circus (currently in its 70th season). Steve is thrilled to be making his New York City producing debut with this magnificent team of artists! And the 13-year-old girl living rent free inside his heart totally just did two back-extension rolls on the balance beam while wearing a giant scrunchie. Steve wishes to thank Julia and Gordon for this golden opportunity.
Logo design by Genevieve Wilson.
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